Harnett County, North Carolina
Health Department 

Important Announcements
Rabies Prevention

Rabies is a serious disease. It is caused by a virus. Rabies is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when they are bitten by infected animals. Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans are given rabies vaccine as a result of exposure to domestic animals. Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. Pets are vaccinated by your veterinarian to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife, and thereby transmitting it to humans. There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies. First, visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs. Second, maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision. Call Animal Control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill. For more information click on the title or click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Rabies and Kids

You can´t tell if an animal has rabies by just looking at it. The best thing to teach your child is to do is to never feed or approach a wild animal. Be careful of pets that you do not know. If you see a stray dog or cat, don´t pet it. Never touch unfamiliar or wild animals. Avoid direct contact with stray animals. Stray cats and dogs may not have been vaccinated against rabies. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Don´t try to nurse sick wild animals back to health. It´s great that you want to rescue a sick animal, but call an animal control person or an animal rescue group so they can take care of everything safely. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

Public Health Month

For over 130 years, public health has made a difference in the lives of the people and the communities of North Carolina. Public Health Month in North Carolina, held in April of each year, provides an opportunity for local health departments to showcase the contributions public health makes to the well-being of their communities. Often, people think of public health only in terms of restaurant sanitation inspections, safe drinking water, or vaccines for school children. However, local public health departments work to improve the health of the whole community by controlling and eliminating infectious diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle practices, and preparing for natural and man-made emergencies. To learn more about Public Health click here to view Public Health is ROI

National Public Health Week: Healthiest Nation 2030

National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health. National Public Health Week starts today! To kick things off, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day. Take a look! For more information regarding Public Health programs and services contact the Harnett County Health Department 910-893-7550.

April is STD Awareness Month: Know the Facts! GYT: Get Yourself Tested

When it comes to preventing and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)false assumptions about STDs – how they’re spread, prevented, and treated– are everywhere, and it can be especially hard for people to get the facts. Because half of the estimated 20 million STDs that occur in the U.S. each year are among young people, STD Awareness Month 2015 focuses efforts on getting the correct information to this population. The month-long observance also provides an opportunity to clear up myths about STD prevention and testing. Get Yourself Tested (GYT) is a youthful, empowering, social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV, as needed. For more information or an appointment contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550.

It's Your Prom! Make it Safe, Healthy, and Fun

Prom is one of the highlights of high school. While planning and enjoying the big night, make smart decisions to help keep it safe, low-stress, and fun! If you or someone you know is going to the prom, here are a few tips for a great experience. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.

HIV Among People Aged 50 and Older

For more information click here to view the National Institute on Aging- Age Page: HIV, AIDS, and Older People.


Norovirus outbreaks occur throughout the year. But, over 80% of the outbreaks occur from November to April. Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or click here to view Preventing Norovirus Infection.

Patient Satisfaction Survey

Please consider completing our patient satisfaction survey. This feedback helps us continually monitor or change our services to serve you better. Click on the title to access the survey in English. Click here for the Spanish survey.

ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington

The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.

Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook

Become a fan of Harnett County Health Department by visiting our Facebook Page. We update our page with upcoming events and programs, photos, health news and more. This is also a great way to interact with us. Click on the title to visit our page.